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Reds prospect Hamilton chasing Minor League steals record in a season

 

Billy Hamilton (courtesy of Bakersfield Blaze)

The media who follow the Cincinnati Reds and the Bakersfield Blaze know that shortstop Billy Hamilton is a very important player in the future of the major league team.

Hamilton is a speedy, leadoff  hitter that the Reds have needed and wanted for years.

General manager Walt Jocketty continues to ignore and downplay the idea from fans and media that Hamilton should be called up during September as a situational late-inning baserunner to steal bases. Jocketty is looking at the big picture, the future.

There is no doubt the Reds need a leadoff hitter better than Zack Cozart or Chris Heisey, but Hamilton has to improve in other areas, like fielding. He made 39 errors last year for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. This year for the Advanced-A Bakersfield Blaze, the speed merchant has committed 24.

Hamilton has been the talk of Minor League Baseball this season.

He has a chance to break the all-time minor league record for steals of 145 by Vince Coleman in 1983. Everybody said that record would never be broken. But that was before Hamilton came on the scene.

In 2011 for Dayton, Hamilton lead the minor leagues with 103 stolen bases. This year, as of today, Friday, July 6, the Mississippi native has 103.

The 21-year-old Hamilton says he is just “letting the game come to him and not trying to get caught up in the 145 steals record.”

He has been caught 21 times, so it’s 103-124, a success rate of 82.4%. An excellent rating!

A switch-hitter, the 6’1, 160-pounder, who probably will end up in the Reds outfield in left-field, has drawn 49 walks and has a .326 batting average with 78 runs scored, 108 base hits, 18 doubles, 9 triples and 30 RBI’s.

The big question for the Reds management is, when will Hamilton be moved to Double-A? He has proven that Single-A is no match for him!

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Bakersfield Blaze, Radio & TV news

Dayton Dragons having tough time in close games

 

Juan Silva on deck, has seen his team drop many close games this year (photo courtesy of Margo Quigley)

The Dayton Dragons always have large crowds at their games, whether the team is having a winning season or a losing one.

In 2011, the team qualified for the Midwest League playoffs, but this year’s team is having problems winning and closing out close games.

The Midwest League is a low Single-A league and has 16 teams. Of those teams, only four have suffered fewer losses in games decided by more than three runs than the lowly Dragons’ seven going into weekend games.

The Dragons have not had the answer in those types of games. Some say, its because the roster has a bunch of new players. Low Single-A teams regularly move players to advanced Single-A and rosters turn over every year.

* Dayton is 7-7 in games decided by four runs or more

* They are 7-20 in games decided by 1-3 runs

* In one-run games, Dayton is 3-9.

In their last 16 games, the Dragons are 3-13.

 

Info compiled from the Dayton Dragons, Radio, TV & Minor League notes

 

Dragons, TinCaps rained out on Monday; doubleheader planned for Tuesday

Press release courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

 

The Dayton Dragons home game on Monday, May 7th against the Fort Wayne TinCaps has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader at Fifth Third Field on Tuesday, May 8th.

The TinCaps and Dragons will play two seven-inning games. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with the first game beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be a 20-minute break between games.

(file photo)

Centerville native Dan Jensen will start the first game for the Dragons on Tuesday. Radhames Quezada will start game two for Dayton.

 

Dragons sweep Midwest League April player honors; Waldrop (hitter), McMyne (pitcher)

 

Kyle Waldrop

Kyle McMyne

The Dayton Dragons had two of their players receive Midwest League honors for strong play in the month of April.

Outfielder Kyle Waldrop and relief pitcher Kyle McMyne have been selected Players of the Month for April in a vote by fans.

Waldrop batted .271 with 10 RBI’s, five doubles and two triples in 22 games.

McMyne was 2-1 on the mound with a 1.69 ERA. He gave up two runs in 10.2 innings in eight appearances. He struck out 13 and allowed two walks.

 

Info compiled from the Midwest League & the Dayton Dragons

James Ewing promoted from Dragons to Bakersfield Blaze

 

James Ewing (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

There has been a roster move involving the Dayton Dragons and the Bakersfield Blaze in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.

Infielder James Ewing has been promoted from the low Single-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League to the advanced Single-A Bakersfield Blaze of the California League.

Infielder Brandon Dailey has been promoted to the Dragons from extended spring training in Goodyear, Arizona.

Ewing made his first appearance in a pro game since July 5, 2009 when he started at shortstop for Dayton on Saturday, April 7, 2012, going 3-for-5. That was his only appearance with the Dragons.

Dailey spent most of the 2011 season with the Goodyear Reds in the Arizona League. He batted .298 with one home run and 27 RBI’s, playing in 43 games. Dailey also played in three games with the Dragons in September after the Arizona League season ended.

The 20-year-old Dailey is a native of Brantford, Ontario.

 

Info compiled from Dayton Dragons & Bakersfield Blaze news

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